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Music: Starting off on a high note

This week we have been busily setting up the music rooms with new resources and welcoming our new classes into our lovely new spaces.


Primary Campus

A big development for primary music this year has been the opening of 2 keyboard classrooms. Here at St Andrews we follow the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts programme for music and the teaching of keyboards is an integral part of this. Here is how our Juilliard colleagues describe the importance of keyboard work as part of the music curriculum:

“Using keyboards in a music curriculum encourages concrete and immediate comprehension of abstract concepts. Our experience and hands-on work with various kinds of learners has shown that there is no simpler way for students to begin to understand music notation than to see the relationship between notation and the keys on a keyboard…...keyboards facilitate exploration of harmony and melody. Playing the piano helps students to begin to understand music notation and see the relationship between melodic shapes, rhythmic patterns, chords, and counterpoint.”

We think our students here at school will get a lot out of their keyboard work and we strive to challenge all of our learners, from beginners to more advanced piano players, to develop their skills and understanding.


Special ECA taster session

This week Mrs. Alice will hold a taster session for the STA Sing Boys ECA so that any boys in KS2 who think they might be interested can come and try. We will learn a fun song and a singing game, and I can answer any questions the boys might have. I hope this will encourage more boys to explore their voices in a fun and interactive way.

Music ECAs this term:


  • STA Rec – Years 2-4 – Recorder group with Mrs. Marie
  • STA Move – Reception – Music, movement, stories and drama with Mrs. Pepa
  • STA Music-Tech Years 4-6 – Music, Composition and Computers with Mr. Pete



  • STA Strum – Years 4-6 – Beginner Ukulele group with Mrs. Alice

After School:

  • STA Mini-Sing – Years 1-2 – exploring singing and games with a different theme each term with Mrs. Alice
  • STA Bang – Years 3-6 – exploring percussion instruments and perform together with Mrs. Marie


  • STA Sing – Girls – Years 3-6 – developing voice and part singing skills through a range of exciting new repertoire and games.
  • STA Sing – Boys – Years 3-6 – a new group where boys can explore their voices alongside other boys and learn songs that match their interests and choices.


  • STA Band – By invite - this group is for children who are getting confident on their chosen instrument as we will challenge them with exciting repertoire. Invites will be emailed to parents of eligible

Please sign up on Moodle or reply to the parent email for STA Band. We look forward to welcoming lots of STA children into our ECAs and sharing some wonderful performances with you this year!